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The Tweetsie Trail Gets A Gateway

Mar 13, 2014   //   by David Atchley   //   News  //  No Comments

Call it a sign for the times.

“A Rails-to-Trails sign committee meeting was held on Feb. 17 to discuss the signage on the mile trek in Johnson City. Rod Snyder, president, Snyder Signs, Inc., was invited to attend that meeting to give input about the signage on the 10 mile trail.

“Rod Snyder was going to simply come up with the design for the entrance of the trail and so we let him do his thing and this is what he came up with.”said Task Force Chairman Dr. Dan Schumaier at Tuesday’s Rails to Trails Task Force meeting.  What Snyder came up with was a virtual gateway for the trailhead at Alabama Street. “The more I looked at the trail, the gravity and importance of this project to the community became clear to me. This is a landmark project, and I felt like it was important for us to be a part of it;  to offer something that maybe would be beyond the normal dollars and cents that we would offer for a project like this.

“When I saw what the Tweetsie Trail was and what it could be, I knew that the beginning of the trail needed a gateway that people would walk through and that it would be there at the trailhead for a very, very long time. That’s pretty neat. It’s iconic, it’s not really a sign, it’s an image gateway entry,” said Snyder.  Snyder also knew all of his employees would have a hand in creating the entrance way onto the new trail so he asked them for their input. “I couldn’t do this on my own without our employees being 100 percent on board.  I spoke with the staff, and I told them that I thought that this would be a good opportunity for us to step up and donate this to the community. It’s what we do and how we do things.  The staff agreed this was a great project.  “We don’t get a chance to do something like this very often. Sometimes the project isn’t a good fit, it’s just not the right one, but we all agreed that this was exactly what we needed to do.” shared Snyder. “Our employees will see this sign, they’ll walk and ride on the trail. They’ll be able to tell their children and family members that they had a part in building the gateway to the Tweetsie Trail. It’s a legacy for us as a company and for each individual who is employed at Snyder Signs.”

The gateway is 20 feet wide with a 14 foot pass under. The masonry work on the sides will have donations plaques embedded into it. The trestle structure will be fabricated from steel at Snyder Signs, the cross members will be steel and will have bolts that will mimic the old time bolt and rivet structure used in railroad trestle and the logos on either side will be illuminated at night.”


BY TAMMY CHILDRESS, Johnson City News and Neighbor, March 8, 2014


Snyder Signs to donate sign to mark entrance to Tweetsie Trail

Mar 6, 2014   //   by David Atchley   //   News  //  No Comments
Snyder Signs to donate sign to mark start of Tweetsie Trail

Snyder Signs to donate sign to mark start of Tweetsie Trail

Johnson City Press

March 5th, 2014 3:12 pm by Tony Casey

“As the donations and fundraising efforts accumulate, the Tweetsie Trail keeps getting better and better.

The monthly Rails-to-Trails Task Force meeting resulted with big news from a local businessman and members, including word from Snyder Signs’ President Rod Snyder that his company would be making a donation valued at $23,500 by building an entrance sign to the trail that starts just off Alabama Street.

“Our company discussed a fitting way to have a correct entrance to such an asset for Johnson City,” Snyder announced Tuesday night. “We felt this was a great thing for Synder Signs to be involved with to give back to the community.”

The entrance would have brick foundations on each side, which would hold the names of other donors to the project, as well as be spanned by a steel trestle structure that would read “Tweetsie Trail,” and mark the beginning of the 10-mile recreational trail between Johnson City and Elizabethton. It would be located just past a parking lot section made by Public Works Director Phil Pindzola’s crew, which has been working on the trail since before the start of the New Year.

Task Force Chairman Dr. Dan Schumaier said the entrance will be an elegant entrance to the trail, and joked he could picture people taking selfies in front of the sign.”

Read more: Firm to donate sign to mark start of trail | Johnson City Press














Coba Cocina Restaurant, Lexington, KY

Aug 19, 2013   //   by David Atchley   //   News  //  No Comments


Snyder Signs, Inc. is proud to have been the sign company of choice for the exterior and interior signage at Coba Cocina Restaurant, Lexington, KY.

“From the food to the architecture to the unique concept, Coba Cocina is certainly a distinct Lexington restaurant, and a dream years in the making for the project’s founders, father-and-son Phil and Lee Greer of Greer Companies, a local hospitality and real estate development company headquartered in Lexington whose portfolio also includes 35 Cheddar’s restaurants in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, West Virginia and North Carolina. The restaurant is actually three separate, but complementary, concepts: Cocoh! Confectioner, a bakery, cafe and gelateria; Cobar Cantina, an upstairs lounge with a specific small pate (tapas) menu; and Coba Cocina, the intricately decorated downstairs restaurant with seating for nearly 230 people (the entire building can sit upwards of 400 people).”

Chevy Chaser Magazine, March 14, 2013

Click the link below for a video montage of the Coba Cocina signs………

Coba Cocina

The Island in Pigeon Forge

Jun 10, 2013   //   by David Atchley   //   News  //  No Comments

The Island entrance signMellow Mushroom night shot at the Island

“The Island in Pigeon Forge is a new retail and entertainment center in the heart of Pigeon Forge.  It features restaurants, shopping, attractions, and a 200-foot-high observation wheel, The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, which offers spectacular views of the Great Smoky Mountains.   Phase 2 of The Island in Pigeon Forge will include the construction of a show fountain and a 132 room 4-star hotel. Both of these projects are scheduled to begin construction in the fall of this year with an anticipated opening in Spring 2014.”

Snyder Signs is proud to have been the sign company chosen to design, fabricate and install many of the unique signs that you will see throughout The Island.

Snyder Signs Makes the News

Dec 7, 2011   //   by Charity   //   News  //  No Comments

Jim Bailey, WKPT 19 News, stopped by Snyder Signs’ shop to find out what makes our sign company so successful in today’s economy.   Snyder Signs\’ News Segment

First Place Winner

Jun 25, 2011   //   by David Atchley   //   News  //  No Comments


Gatlinburg Pigeon Forge Airport

Snyder Signs wins first place in the Electronic Monument Sign 2011 Signs Of The Times Electric Sign Contest.  The winning sign was custom designed and fabricated for the Gatlinburg Pigeon Forge Airport and Tennessee Museum of Aviation.

“Although the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge airport is in a populous area near Sevierville, TN, few people know it exists, according to Snyder’s operations manager, Randy Holland. Snyder Signs used a scale model of a Lear jet to build the 11-ft.-long replica using CNC-routed HDU, which it subsequently coated in fiberglass. The design team used Autodesk’s 3DS Max dimensional software. The aluminum letters are backlit with LEDs, and locally quarried stone was used to fabricate the base.”

Signs of the Times Magazine April 2011

Mellow Mushroom Sign is Cover Photo for “Signs of the Times”

Mar 28, 2011   //   by David Atchley   //   News  //  No Comments



Snyder Signs designed, built and installed this custom sign for the Mellow Mushroom Restaurant in Pigeon Forge, TN.  The sign was featured on the cover of the April 2011 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. Snyder Signs won First Place in the Best Electronic Message Centers category 2011 Signs Of The Times Electric Sign Contest for this custom designed sign.

Signs of the Times Magazine, April 2011


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